Materials Science and Engineering News
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Taking a cue from plants, researchers figure out how to use the sun's energy to combine CO2 with H2O to create benign chemical products, as part of a futuristic technology called artificial photosynthesis.
Monday, November 16, 2015
By slipping springy polystyrene molecules between layers of tough yet brittle composites, researchers made materials stronger and more flexible, in the process demonstrating the theoretical limits of how far this toughening technique could go.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Arctan, a solar-powered car built by undergraduate members of the Stanford Solar Car Project, placed sixth in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a nearly 2,000-mile race across the Australian outback.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
A Stanford PhD student guides an undergraduate through two years of tests that confound two decades of assumptions on lithium-ion battery design. The findings could lead to better batteries, while the research process works hand-in-glove with teaching.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Associate Professor Yi Cui's team has developed a stable cobalt-nickel-iron oxide catalyst that splits water continuously for more than 100 hours.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Professor Tina Seelig says entrepreneurship can be taught, learned and practiced through a rigorous approach that she calls the Invention Cycle.
Monday, May 4, 2015
The associate professor of materials science and engineering is working to refine the electrodes neuroscientists use to record the activity of single neurons.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The technique, called cathodoluminescence tomography, could assist in the development of high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, or improve the way biological systems are visualized.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Silicon isn't the only chip-making material under the sun, just the cheapest. But a new process could make the alternative material, gallium arsenide, more cost effective.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Members of Stanford Engineering faculty honored as next generation of scientific leaders.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Professor of materials science and engineering is honored for pioneering work in thin-film and nanostructured material growth and characterization, leadership service to the society and the materials community, and for leadership in teaching and mentoring.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Associate Professor Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Putting a film of the crystalline material perovskite on top of a silicon solar cell increases the cell's efficiency nearly 50 percent, Stanford engineers say.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Four students and two faculty advisors create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Stanford's Yi Cui and colleagues have created a lithium-ion battery that alerts users to potential overheating and fire.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Device is used to monitor brain pressure in lab mice as prelude to possible use with human patients; future applications of this pressure-sensing technology could lead to touch-sensitive “skin” for prosthetic devices.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Stanford scientists and an international research group receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.
Stanford team developing gel-like padding that could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A team of engineers and scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.
Monday, September 15, 2014
A team including Stanford engineers discovers that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The professor is an expert on developing inorganic nanostructures for semiconductor and energy applications.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The development could lead to smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries.